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Ending Homelessness: MSC’s Impact

In the next week, MSC plans to publish our first Quarterly Impact Report for the months July-August-September 2014 (1st Quarter of FY15).  Our purpose in making this report public is to demonstrate to all of our stakeholders, as well as the larger community, the impact MSC’s Equation:  Income+Housing+Support is having on ending homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.  I’d like to give you a sneak preview to our upcoming report.

1st Quarter Results:

  • 114 men have moved to more appropriate housing – we’re right on track to move 500 men this fiscal year
  • Average income for men moving out of our shelters is $917 per month
  • 53% of moves are to permanency – rental housing and family reunification 

As proud as we are that these numbers are demonstrating success, we’re even prouder of the men behind the numbers.  Did you know that the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte serves fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins?  Did you know MSC serves plumbers, roofers, chefs, information technologists, and entrepreneurs?  Did you know that 10% of the men experiencing homelessness and seeking MSC’s assistance have proudly served in our United States armed forces?  Too often we have a stereotype in mind when we think of a “homeless man.”  However, the reality is that the men who are experiencing homelessness and served at MSC are you and me.

Keep your eye on our website – www.MensShelterofCharlotte – for the full report by the end of October.  Next week I’ll share more of the impact MSC is having on ending homelessness for the men we serve.

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Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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